When advocating for your organization in five minutes, planning is essential. The following are some talking points that may help you prepare your presentation.
- Start with a gripping opening line – For example “75 women in our community are involved in a domestic violence dispute every month….”
- State your name and the name of the organization you would like to receive the funding.
- Share what the mission/purpose of the organization is.
- Describe the program that you would like to be funded. Provide some background information, if possible.
- Identify who the funds will impact and how. Include numbers you serve.
- 6. Tell how essential this program is and what our community will miss if this program does not get funded.
- Explain the measurements that will be used to ensure the success of this program and good use of the donation.
- Share what this donation will “buy” for our community.
- End with a heartfelt request and a thank you.
To be eligible, the organization you advocate must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit or a government entity. Non-profit organizations affiliated with religious organizations are also eligible as long as their services address a societal need and are not restricted based upon religious affiliation. To check on the organization’s non-profit status, call Elaine Peck with the Putnam County Community Foundation.
The organization must be proposed by a member of the 100 Women Who Care. Only local organizations will be considered.